Pink-Poké-News: Week 38

Finally there has been a week where  Pokémon has become newsworthy again. This means this reporter can finally earn her imaginary money again. It’s still no real money but at least it’s something! With that being said it is time for a new installment of Pink-Poké-News

Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has shown a lot of interaction with the community lately, asking to see our shiny captures from last weeks Turtwig hunt, and as per this week asking them who their favorite new starter is. That’s right NEW starter. A bunch of Unova pokémon have been released into the wilds, with pokémon like Lillipup and Patrat (your respective rattata-likes) already coming in their shiny form as well. Like with Sinnoh not all generation V pokémon will be released at the same time, but it’s neat to see some new faces and see them pop up fairly regular, without being to spammingly present. The launch of the unova pokémon has been done fairly well and made the hunt a lot more fun again. A big improvement from the shadow pokémon duplicates.

It has also been announced that Flygon and it’s pre-evolutions Trapinch and Vibrava will be the subject of that weeks hunt. Like always will a fully evolved pokémon get a exclusive event move and lures will last three hours. Capture xp will also pay out threefold  , which is a bit lackluster given that we are high level already and would need to capture a billion trapinch to gain a level. As far as design is concerned both shin trapinch and vibrava are quite solid with trapinch becoming a alolan grimer green shade while vibrava goes to a fall like pallet of orange red and yellow. Shiny Flygon however looks quite horrible. Having it’s red outlining replaced with a bright cyan one.. but it’s red eyes and red details replaced by a mustardy yellow and it’s main body going just a shade darker it is not exactly pretty. Unlike some shinies we’ve seen it’s noticeable at least…but it’s not our favorite by far. Regular Flygon looks so much better, this one looks kinda like it’s cousin that still believes it lives in the 90’s. Luckily this week Shiny Yanma and Yanmega launched as well, though hard to get shiny Yanmega looks dropdead gorgeous.

Champion Ash

Around the time that this post goes live we will reach the conclusion of Sun and Moon series, with only a goodbye or so remaining in the last episode, depending on how they will pace this last stand off.  We saw Ash take the big trophy and win his first pokéleague. The last week the PPN crew had great fun watching this little news topic blow up way beyond its proportions. The news reached several “actual’ news sites, became a hot topic on twitter and inspired a wave of memes. The community lived up again, even those who only were there just to witness the first generation, which was quite beautiful to behold. Even if people grew out of Ash, he became a symbol people still rooted for after twenty two years of losing.. and dying. It was nice to see so many people fondly reminisce about a boy that has brought some great television into their life and was clearly an icon.  With how beloved he has proven to be, this would seem like the best send of the character could ever have so we do hope he retires but at the time of speaking it remains to be seen what happens. In this reporter’s post earlier this week we go into depth about the topic and talk about what we want to see in the future.

New Masters in Masters

Pokémon Masters is releasing micro events on a fairly regular basis keeping it nice and active with lots of people to interact with and new trainers to be done. The so called EX-battles which can be considered the games post game content are being regularly replaced and we have gotten three trainer highlight banners so far. We first started with Blue , the rival of Pokémon Red and Blue series, after which we moved to Olivia, the second Kahuna you’ll have to face off against in Pokémon Sun and Moon and their Ultra Counterparts.  This week it was time for Lyra, the female version protagonist of Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver. She is not to be mistaken for Kris, the protagonist of Pokémon Crystal, which is set in the original Gold and Silver universe. Kris IS on the banner however. Where Kris signature pokémon is Totodile, Lyra comes with Chikorita which is kind off a shame. We get Rosa , the five star grass protagonist of Black and White 2 as a freebie and Brendan the male protagonist from Ruby and Sapphire has his Treecko, which means we already have 3 grass type five stars and we maybe just have 10 five stars in total. If even. (Hard to tell with alternating banners) Which does seem kind of unbalanced. So while Lyra is cute as a button, I would recommend not going to deep moneywise into this banner because while she is nice to collect, I’d rather see some diversity in my teams.

Sirfetch’D  

We were exactly right… well 90% right. Sirfetch’D is real! Earlier we talked about a weird glitch appearing on the pokémon website. Like many people I theorised it was Sirfetch’D but I also made some diagrams to show me how I felt it would actually look like! And I was very right! Not only did we complete the correct pokédex sentence, we also managed to deduce how it would function. The only thing we had wrong was the suit of armor. Sirfetch’d is white in colour, so we will assume galarian farfetch’d  is as well. What we mistook for his armor was just his pristine white skin. A white knight rather than a knight in shiny armor. We are quite happy with the announcement made as the pokémon looks quite amazing. It is kind of weird why the pokémon is completely a fighting type.. but since it’s leek sword is so important it makes sense he can not fly with it and will not fly without it. Sirfetch’d ability will be steadfast which will boosts the speed stat everytime the pokémon gets flinched. Depending on the physical defence stat of this pokémon this could make him decent enough in the competitive scene as a speedy physical wall or sweeper.

It’s animations in camp look quite fun and overall we do think it’s a nice evolution for a pokémon who thoroughly deserved to have one. Yet be warned because Sirfetch’D is a pokémon Sword Exclusive. That means you will not be able to catch it if you purchase pokémon Shield, of course you can still trade it but if you want to get the duck nice and easy you’ll have to go with the Sword game. This most likely does mean that Pokémon Shield will have a Galarian evolution to call it’s own. Based on our sources, our bet will go out to Galarian Meowth and Galarian Persian. Let’s see if we will be right again.

Question to my Readers:

What do you think of Sirfetch’D

Pikachu is ready for fall

With the seasons changing it’s going to be fall for Pikachu soon, as it like me is a northern hemisphere creature. To celebrate this the Pokémon Centers across the world.. not sure if there are any on the southern half of the world, will have a new figure in their collection. The so called Surprise Fall Pikachu.

It’s not a great figure by any means. It’s readability is really poor and people I show this one too either see it as a Pikachu that got covered in a pumpkin, or a Pikachu under a pizza blanket and one friend thought it was Pikachu melting with the orange being it’s skin and blood mixing, yes I have some messed up friends. Another saw Pikachu covered in mustard and ketchup.. but non really saw Pikachu covered in leafs until they looked at the background for context. That’s a bad thing in my opinion While I do not mind people not knowing who Chibi Moon is and saying.. that’s a weird pose I do actually dislike them saying … Oh dear! What the F happened to Pikachu?! The figure is produced by Funko and features a little Pumpkaboo either, which makes that smashed pumpkin read even more credible. Pikachu also hit the news last week in a more literal away as he ‘hosted’ the ABC-News weather along side Ginger Zee. Apparently the weather segment was being sponsored by Pokémon Go in the wake of the Unova Pokémon release.  

While Ginger tells us a bit about Snivy being spotted in the forests we see a Pikachu standing in the studio with her. Afterwards Ginger shared a picture of her and Pikachu on her twitter stating ‘Pokémon are interested in meteorology as well’ to which the official pokémon twitter replied ‘Of course they do, the weather can have impact on attack effectiveness. With a new figure out to celebrate fall and the ability to predict the weather Pikachu sure is ready for the leaves to fall. Let’s hope that when the real one gets hit by a bunch of leafs it looks better than that figurine at least. Better than Ginger’s outfit too!

And that concludes today’s edition of Pink-Poké-News, with quite a few events happening it feels like this week has taken quite a while, it’s been a fun week though with a lot of pokémon news and new experiences for me to go trough.  Now it’s time for a well earned rest. Let’s see what the next week brings.

The Pinkest Poké Blogger is blasting off again!
XO
Pinkie

Review: Pokemon Masters

We haven’t been feeling all that nicely lately.. a bit sick.. though that isn’t unusual for us it really made writing a bit difficult, but hey at least I Chibi Pinkie got to catch up with a lot of games I needed to play. I really managed to get some progress in the Pokémon Masters game as well, and even though we haven’t completed the story yet i’d say I’ve played enough to give you a good first impression of the game.

The Disclaimer

For this review , no money will be spend on Pokémon Masters to see how playable it is without spending money on the game. Any money I might invest will be kept out of my verdict. For the story playthrough I will only use trainers I acquire through the game or that I farmed with free credits. Keep in mind though that should I have gotten any duplicates with payed credits it could level up my free partners so there might be a SLIGHT difference in difficulty. At the same time I will not tell you about my monetised pull because I can not do a lot of them, therefore until I see more online content about them (which I haven’t seen to much) there i no way to tell how lucky or unlucky I have gotten. I will not be reviewing the multiplayer.. right now the game is not available in my country so my friends don’t want to download it .. so I can not try it. I might bring that to the table in my re-review. Finally, even though there is a stigma on mobile games still, I will not talk about if this is a good platform. I will evaluate it like any other Gacha Mobile game as well any other Pokémon game but we won’t talk about if Nintendo should just focus on Switch of the sorts. Hence it will not be marked down for being something that promotes microtransactions as that’s part of its DNA. 

The Concept

In Pokémon Masters you “create” your avatar by picking a gender, hair colour eye colour and skin colour. Like in Pokémon Go the model of your hair is set, but unlike it’s older brother for now there is no way to customise your avatar further. The protagonist version of you, you just made travels by boat to the Pasio Region. Where the PML will be hosted. The Pokémon Masters League. A tournament where the great of the greats gather to compete to be the strongest of them all. However in Pasio , there are no wild pokémon to capture nor can participants bring their entire team of Pokémon. In Pasio you fight only with your partner pokémon. Since this would be unbalanced and the super effective typing would always win the PML is fought in teams however. PML teams can consist out of hordes of trainers but in official battles you can only fight three on three. So you will have to build creative teams from trainers and pokémon for each stage and setting.

Trainers and Pokémon share a four set movepool, with the Pokémon dealing damage and trainers being able to give out buffs or healing.  After battling alongside each other trainer and pokémon have build up enough energy to unleash a devastating Sync Move, which to those in the know are basically a lot like Z-moves. The game tells its story in a almost visual novel like style, but very simplified, with some simple branching dialogue options here and there. You can encounter three types of stages. One being the story stages, your basic exposition scenes with dialogue options mentioned before. The combat stages speak for itself, you get one or two encounters to get trough and you just have to be the very best. The last type are the investigation stages. These are a bit of a mix of the two earlier ones, except you can look around freely on usually about 4 different screens to look for additional lore and some items. In doing so it puts on a much more cinematic concept compared to other gacha games. With a lot more focus on exploring facets of the pokémon world rather then just forcing you to pull as many units as you can.

With Pokémon Go being a simplified version of catching and raising Pokémon, this game can be described as a simplified version of the battling concept of Pokémon. It puts on a charming narrative with each stage providing a logical step in your trainers journey and a lot of fanservice…..in the nostalgic non lewd kinda way.  It’s quite the happy little game that does drop the ball on some occasions. Badgeholders you defeat usually end up tagging along with you.. because there are others that hold the batch as well, and the rules of the PML would allow them to. That’s just odd to me. I mean I love Flannery in my team but I would have much rather seen for example narratives of Flanery trying to take Blaine down who was the gym leader and after you done so .. she decides to follow you. The fact that others hold the same badge just harms the world building just a bit for me.. getting a badge is no longer a sign of overcoming a challenge..but that you find the weakest gym leader. The fact that the story gives you free gathas (pulls) that are usually helpful in the next part of your journey though I can only be happy about.

The Atmosphere

By far the games strongest aspect is the atmosphere. Pasio is a beautiful place that comes alive through the spot on visuals and nicely remixed tunes.  The Pasio Pokécenter is a place where you are going to spend a lot of time managing all your stuff. It’s design is neat and feels vibrant with all your collected team mates as well as people you battled showing up, with plenty of cute dialogues. tips pokémon lore and more. As a result your ‘home’ feels super comfy. For fangirls like me it’s a delight to see Whitney show up talking about herself being so cute, or Korina giving you an empowering speech. I do hate when Crasher Wake shows up though.. but that’s personal.. he is kind of intimidating and I got him in a free pull… now his swoll bod keeps blocking up my screen all the time as he shouts and laughs like a D&D dwarf. It’s not really a negative.. his personality pops out and I don’t really like it so he annoys me.. in a way he feels alive. Every character has these typical japanese style voice acting bits where they aren’t fully voiced but have ‘emote’ like shouts they usher at certain emotions. They also introduce themselves when you pull them and such.  Because of that I do recommend everyone who played the games to use the english voice setting. Though not all voice actors are as good as the japanese ones it really doesn’t scratch the same nostalgia itch to see Misty introduce herself as Kasumi.. it doesn’t line up with the text either. The english dialogue is ..passable enough but taglines can get a bit annoying on extended play. Whitney and Rosa for example have higher star rates, and thus higher maximum levels, on free play it means you’ll use them a lot and Whitney’s : Ain’t I a cutie can get obnoxious when she tells it to you for the 46th time.

Of course you can choose not to read the dialogues in the center .. but they are often so cute and charming you’d be missing out.
The music is nice even if not very memorable, this to me is a good thing though. The game can be bit of a grind meaning repeating stages are bound to happen. I never got annoyed by repeating music throughout any of my grinds so that’s a good thing.

Though the story unfolds in a visual novel like style, the models are all 3d-ish models who can show a lot of emotions. Not just the humans but the pokémon as well. Little choices like how a pokémonon delivers it’s cry oftenly when their trainer talks about them makes the world feel even more alive. In fact it’s so alive that I’d say just talking to the trainers and finding out about the bond with their pokémon would be my favorite part of the game. DeNa the developer provided me with a perfect chance to enjoy this in the form of Sync Pair Stories. Cute little stories all over the island featuring the many characters and their most beloved pokémon in the pokéverse have gotten to know each other.  Lucario is no longer a static pokémon that by level we know to be Korina’s ace.. no we learned that in the beginning they did not really get along that well at all because of Korina’s personality. We see Liza , one half of the psychic gym twins, miss her brother now being seperated for the first time but finding solace in her pokémon. Characters never feel reinvented these people we see moving and emoting now like we never saw them before we knew them already and this is not a new model wearing their skin they all keep their old personalities and their development. Barry is still fining people millions of dollars for each thing they do wrong in his eyes.. but now we find out why. The game presents everyone in nice and rich colours which make the pokémon blend in really well.

Now onto the negatives of the atmosphere, and note this is not a gripe to me,  which is a bit difficult to explain. DeNa (I am not using the emote in the name because wordpress turns it into a smilie)  clearly loves the POkémon games there is so much reference there is so much that is spot on from the games. Every single character IS the one you encountered in the games. Now for those who don’t know anything about pokémon this will result in the game having a lot of fluff dialogue. Barry saying that if you don’t show up in time he will fine you a million poké might sound serious or you’ll go like.. what the frizzlesticks is that blonde kid going on about. Flannery being shocked that she will have to face gym leader Norman is inconsequential. These reactions and dialogue arcs are catered too those who have played the games. While the main story is enjoyable to both old and new players this is definitely a legacy game and a lot of story elements are a lot better if you know the games. Secondly this game loves the games, not the anime or the manga.. but the main line games. This means Brock and Misty aren’t anything like the shouting red-head and the lovable goof you might have seen on tv. Brock is focussed determined and tactical, Misty is bubbly and happy and somewhat naive, she respects Blue though hates his arrogance. Brock and Misty are also designed after their more recent models so they don’t even look like their most know counterpart that much. For a lot of kids who saw the show or for those wanting to pick up Pokémon again this might seem a bit confusing. So as alive and good looking as this game is you REALLY need to keep in mind where it’s coming from, for those who really know nothing about the game should wonder if they should start with a LEGACY game.

The Technical Thingies

Though apparently there were a lot of troubles for Android users, i can honestly say I never really experienced any trouble. While a little over halfway through the game I did not encounter majors bugs weird glitches or anything. My game crashed only once and that was on busy hours during an event. I found the game plays nicely, the controls are smooth and your input is accepted accurately and quickly.Technically it’s quite a solid game , though I wish some things would have been made differently. Most of these gripes are in the form of information provided towards the trainer. For example to upgrade your trainer’s stars you need items much like any other Gacha.. but unlike most of its peers never does an item state where or how you can get it. Other games I play like Dragon Ball Legends allow you to access stages to get required material with a single button press. You just select your character tab it to level  and select the item you lack going straight into a mission after which you go back to the upgrade menu. Back in our game, if you want to upgrade Misty’s passive ability you first have to open your sync pair dex, select misty, click on the little plus to find misty’s role, back out go into the training stages, find the right training stage for her role that’s in a tab within a tab , grind it out, move towards the trainer select abilities, move to passive abilities and than purchase it.

The game however , half way in never even told me about these roles. They do tell you how to upgrade your attack, but never mention there is a second tab there , easily to overlook. When learning an offensive move.. the effect of the new attack is hidden until purchase. Now these effects are the same as in the main game so I am fine with that but I doubt every pokémon player in the world, let alone every pokémon masters player knows what the move close combat does.  It means rookie trainers could spend resources into upgrading an attack that is not really worth it. Never is it explained that the burn stats halves strength stat of it’s target.. yet it does. There is a FAQ section and a trainer tip section in the menu to help you…but once again you are never told about them.

What they they do do right is how they communicate what pokémon to bring. Each stage has two advantages types. The most advantageous in the first slot the supportive in the second. If you follow the advise stages are quite passable. I intentionally played a bit worse than I could (not focussing on abilities I know would work well together but on what superficially seems okay)  and the stages are quite clearable. Grinding is going to be needed but it’s kind of fun the game chose to not have an energy system .. so this actually feels like a game. It’s just a game that if you want to play it properly you might need to do some reading up on.. because the game doesn’t tell you a lot and from a kid friendly game we might not expect that.

The Gameplay

Overall I find the gameplay enjoyable but to do this properly I will divide the gameplay in a couple of main aspects. Battling your way through the stories, interacting with other characters, leveling up and training and finally collecting new trainers. Incidentally there are also events. We shall discuss these one by one.

First let’s talk about the combat , the main selling point of this game. While I do not agree with the entire combat system I do feel it’s a rather unique interpretation that does feel like pokémon and trainer are battling together. It feels close enough to the core series gameplay while still feeling fresh enough. For example Dragonball Dokkan Battle is a bad game in this regard, it feels very little like dragon ball and the collecting itself feels like a main part of the battle gameplay. Though team members can sometimes boost each other and it might be smart to create synergy in between your trainers, it’s not always needed nor possible. Marley for example uses an Arcanine as her trainer and her abilities allow to boost everyone’s speed which is neat. Rosa is a grass type trainer who boosts everyone’s special attack. You would think these go well together but in truth not that much. Rosa’s special attack buff is neat.. but Arcanine prefers physical attacks , so he doesn’t benefit from her boost.  Marley’s speed boost is not very effective alongside Rosa .. because she has the ability to cheer and energise everyone.. (which makes speed a bit unneeded) .

Even with their conflicting abilities however it can be advantageous to have both on your field due to type advantage.. or in some cases even with type advantage you are better off creating a different team because it’s really specially resistant or something. What I mean to say is, unlike most Gacha’s there isn’t a perfect team, the game encourages you to swap.
You can play with the highest rank trainers all you like.. if they lack the abilities or typing you need it might just be better to swap it out for lower levels. Yet the game never goes that brutally difficult that you can never bring your favorites either. Unlike plenty of other games in the genre

Battling works quite simple. On the bottom of your screen you have an energy meter which contains 4 ,  but upgradable in quantity , blocks. Each attack of your pokemon costs an amount of blocks to use. For example energy ball costs two energy and ember costs 1.
Each attack has a base damage and an effect, the higher the cost the more damage, or the better the effect. The speed stat of your pokémon determine how fast your energy bar fills. Trainers can use their actions without spending energy but each trainer action can only be used twice. These usually are items from the games in the first slot you get.. like potions. x attack/defence/etc (all or single) full heal’s or dire hits.  The second upgradable spot usually holds a big boost like how Rosa can fully bring your energy meter to full. Opposed to normal pokémon, every pokemon only has one weakness, for you as a trainer they are set, for npc’s they can vary per stage. In one stage Swanna is weak to electricity in the other it’s weak to rock.. all so you can see different type of pokémon.. and softly urge you to make some pulls.

The alternating weakness is something I do dislike, Swanna in reality is quad weak to electricity, I do feel with 926 pokémon to choose from if you design a battle where they want you to fight with rock and grass, you pick pokémon whose primary weakness ARE that, not let you attack with better options available. I do get why they chose it to be this way as not every battle is just three pokémon but it does feel super weird to me when a swanna takes more damage from a Torkoal then from a Pikachu. Resistances do not exist. All in all it’s an adequate battle system that feels comfortable and simplified enough for new players, yet at the same time there is so much for the fan present in the other aspects that it feels a bit unnatural but that is only if you know the type system by heart…so in actuality it’s fine… this is just weird for fans like me.

Interacting with other characters is to me the most fun part of the game. People react like they should and are given the depth they lack. I love their stories and they are nice to follow. I do question some of the dialogue options you get though. At times people will ask you ‘Will you help me?’  sort of questions. The game decides to give you the possibility to answer at times but a lot of times they are only an illusion of choice.. quite obviously. ‘Will you help me?’ at times can be answered by either ‘Yes’ or ‘Sure’ alternatively. One might be read a bit more enthusiastically but in the end there’s a lot of choices like this. ‘Tell me how you met’ .. ‘so how did you two end up together?’ It feels a bit to samesy to me. I do know in Japanese there is probably more tonal distance but still. Ever since Nugget bridge your choices did not matter in a pokémn game so this might just be some odd wink. Other then an occasional odd eyebrow raise i really love this aspect of the game. Except for Crasher Wake… he’s so swole!

The leveling up and upgrade characters is done okay. It’s behind a bit of a grindwall, but an easy one at that. Experience quests give a lot of leveling up items, even on the easiest level. Need to raise a character too about level 50 is easily doable in a few minutes. From what I have seen so far the higher levels will never be painstakingly slow. Do note that I absolutely hate grinding so me saying this is definitely saying something. If you have still new characters to watch sync move animations with it can even be fun to knock some experience out. Like I said in technical thingies already though, finding the correct items initially can be a major slog. Trainers with a fist Icon need items from the Strike Course in training, trainers with the exclamation mark are those of tech quality and those who bear the symbol of a heart belong to the support role. Strikers get red tonics, Techies get green and Supporters get all the blue drinks. Grinding these out is less fun and not as fast. Finding enough megaphones (which bestow moves)  can be even trickier. Though it requires some searching eventually you can easily overcome it and once your a bit familiar with it leveling up is kind of a breeze.. except from starring up. Which is a lot trickier.

Pulling for characters is a important part of every gacha game and doing that for free in Pokémon Masters is absolute Trubbish. This is where the game falters… BIG time. Daily Discounts ..are only available with PAID credits. Guaranteed Pull banners… only with PAID credits. Yes this game has paid and unpaid gems/credits for pulling. A decision I have mixed feelings about. I do not think it’s that bad of an idea to reward those who decide tro pay for your free game. In fact I’d be all for it if buying credits wasn’t as expensive as it is. A multi summon (10 scouts) is 3000 diamonds, mid game I gathered up a little over 5000 I’d say.  To buy 3200 diamonds costs you 30 euro’s .. probably 30 dollars as well respectively. For 10 cards spend 30 dollars. Now truth be told.. undiscounted this is about the same as Dragonball Legends with the latter only being 3 euro’s cheaper. But we would not talk about money today.. grinding out the credits in the latter is a whole lot easier.  Plus you can get the summon discounts on free credits. I played Pokémon Masters for a week.. and managed to pull a multi scout once.. alongside some single attempts on the Blue banner to find out. On my free banner, I managed to boost Whitney a Four Star a bit.. but other than that.. my free pulls were really bad. I spend a week.. only to make my Crasher Wake my most powerful three star. Swole….

The Verdict

In my re-review where I will come back to see how this game has developed in awhile I will discuss on if events add something. So far the game brings a lot to the table and definitely is in the running to be my favorite gacha in terms of gameplay. It’s the absolute winner in terms of charm and feeling and it’s quite a solid pokémon game. Would it not be for the low level cap on three star units and the lackluster information provided I would definitely love it… well there is one thing that makes me rank it down as well…as far as as a collection game… this one is the worst I’ve ever played. Gotta catch…just enough so I can finish the story.

Whoops got a bit carried away by this one! I mean.. uhm oooh no Crasher Wake made my post swole as well. There just was a lot for me to tell. Still I haven’t said everything I wanted to say…so if you play maybe we can be friends in the game!  This blog was written on saturday but pain prevented me from finishing it. There was little news to report on anyway after my thursday post. Next week we are going to try a more liberal schedule for our content. You can expect to see a lot of Chibi Pinkie next week, a trainer profile about myself and a Sunday Special where I talk about lovers in Pokémon for OWLS. Hope to see you there.
The pinkest pokémon trainer is signing off again!

XO
Pinkie.

Pink-Poké-News Week 32

Week 32 has ended and with some amazing news for Pokémon this time! We have absolutely gotten some amazing pokémon news.  We updated you earlier about most of it in a breaking news post.  Today while I am actually spending a day at the zoo with my friends, we will look at the other news this week as well as briefly discuss the big announcement and the after effects. This is Pinkie Cherryblossom and this is Pink-Poké-News! (Insert standard news-jingle)

New Pokemon toys starting to appear.

The interest for Pokémon peeked this week, showing in a lot of tiny announcements.  Pokémon Crystal has shown again on the Nintendo EShop charts and everywhere little snippets of pokémon goodies are being released. Nanoblock has for example released three new building kits. In the form of Charizard Gyarados and Venusaur. Nanoblock is a lego like building set which has released a fair number of Pokémon so far and now as easily as visiting Amazon.com you and I can expand our sets with these new toys.  The Pokémon center has released a new adorable Psyduck figure We see psyduck using a confusion attack white stuck on some rocks! It’s cute and it’s tiny and it’s cheap! With being only 8 centimeters high (3.3 inches)  and 5 centimeters wide (2.3 inches) this one is easy to  display and even easier to buy, only costing $15,- this one is something I will definitely look out for once it comes here overseas.  Speaking of Psyduck, there has been an entire line of backpacks shirts and other printables released featuring this adorably bewildered duck. Yet again for now in pokécenters only, but that usually means it will become available for us in Europe as well! Not only psyduck received the love treatment, the waifu pokemon gardevoir also got a new figure at the center.  Gardevoir DX is slightly larger than the Psyduck gallery figure (about 11 by 9 centimeters or 5 by 4 inch). The display she attacks is moonblast which is depicted as a bright silver orb while she is surrounded by a silvery blue aura. Though the reporter loves this pokémon the action post of the figure is one of the lesser ones she has seen so far.

Shiny Turtwig to be the new community day shiny

Following their trend, Pokémon Go has unsurprisingly announced shiny Turtwig to be the next shiny to collect. The slightly darker green snapping turtle can be found on september 15th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM stardust earned will be tripled. Though this reporter does like Turtwig as a pokemon, she doesn’t think it’s a particularly good shiny. Her usual hunting friends will be out on a vacation then, thus leaving her to hunt alone.  The way Pokémon Go has recently been releasing content, which only seems to be based on filling box space with the same pokémon has caused this reporter many doubts if she should not just delete the entire application. However for now we shall continue to endure and see if anything good can come our way after this horrible team rocket expansion. We wish fans of the game the best in these times of barren and unfair content and hope the games soul can return soon.

Positive youtube buzz for Sword and Shield

The new Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer as we discussed it earlier is getting an enthusiastic response from the youtube community. With all the negativity surrounding the No-National-dex and Dexit debacles, it is nice to see that the pokemon community can still enjoy the announcement of new things for their beloved franchise. While people are calling for a boycott because not every pokémon will be in, most youtubers seem to be moving on beyond the hate. Both the announced Galarian form have been quite positively received by the slew of youtubers ths reporter follows on the topic.  Though some find Galarian weezing to silly, and others find Galarian zigzagoon to lazy everyone seems to at least enjoy one of two at least. Linoone new evolution has been receiving the most flack. Obstagoon is being compared to Gene Simmons a lot and rightfully so. This pokémon does seem truly inspired by him, to some people’s annoyance. The reporter herself is actually not all that bothered and thinks the pokémon does look kind of cool lifting it from a standard badger. Even better than that  Gene Simmons , in an interview with Newsweek, told he felt flattered by the game paying homage to KISS. HE acknowledged Pokémon has become a part of our culture ever since kids first discovered it. He felt flattered and honoured that pokemon would pay such a tribute to his band. So let’s take this as a win for the pokémon fanbdom shall we?

Pokémon Masters, officially live in Canada and Singapore

Easily this reporters most anticipated mobile launch of the year Pokémon Masters is now officially live in Canada and Singapore. Pre-registration for others countries will become available as time passes by. With the game coming officially life, it will not be long until we will be starting seeing some reviews   So far the game seems to be received quite well. The sharpest critique we heard so far is the fact that you aren’t able to use your daily discount summons, (a single trainer recruitment at a reduced cost) with free coins. The game tracks your stacks of cash separately, in game earned cash and paid cash. This seems a bit harsh but can also help greatly for parents to have some oversight in their kids spendings. We will be eagerly awaiting the critical reviews to see if this game will actually be any good.  Reader can expect Chibi Pinkie to put in a review of the game as well as soon as it becomes available in her playstore.

Pinkie’s Pokémon nominated for a  sunshine blogger award.

In week 32 Pinkie’s Pokémon has gained about 6 new followers, to which this reporter extends her warmest of welcomes and eternal gratitude, putting is well on course to make our target of 50 followers around the middle of November. The website A GIRL & HER ANIME has provided us with a nomination for a sunshine blogger award. We are very happy to receive such a nomination and will tro to place the post in the coming week.
Thank you for this wonderful thing! For this post I am to answer 11 questions, and nominate 11 other bloggers on the medium.
After which I have to ask them 11 different questions. The 11 question am answering for you guys will be :

  • If you were a Pokémon, what sort of Pokémon would you be?
  • Do you play video games? If so, what game have you been playing recently?
  • What’s your favourite colour? Any particular reason why it’s your favourite?
  • What’s your favourite thing to do during summer?
  • Ghibli is obviously very popular, but which movie do you think is the most overrated?
  • If you could travel back in time, when would you travel to and why?
  • As the new leader of a country, what is the first law you introduce?
  • Have you been reading anything recently?
  • Tell us about your favourite film.
  • Put your music on shuffle. What are the first three songs to play?
  • If you were to suggest an anime I had to watch, what would you recommend?

Now I am going to bend the rules here a little bit because of the large amount of overlap in invitations, as most of the geeky bloggers follow each other, i’d have a hard time nominating people. So I would like to ask my readers if you would like to receive a nomination and answer my 11 questions. (which will be different and sometimes maybe a bit hard).
Though I feel you all deserve a nomination I would think some of you would rather focus on their own content and some might be really eager to sink their teeth into this. I do have my own picks which I will use but I would also like people to step up and say! Hey I like a nomination. I’d feel sad if I nominated someone who’d rather not do it and overlook someone who really wanted this. After all everyone deserves a chance to shine!

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sunshine blogger award
I considered hue shifting all the sunflowers to pink…but I gave up on that effort

Are we ready for week 33? Would you like to be nominated for the sunshine blogger award? Do you have a question you would like to see added to those 11 as a form of bonus content Let me know in the comments and if I am not eaten by lions, beaten to a pulp by goraliisas or gored by penguins, I will get back to you! Enjoy the rest of your weekends my little monsters and remember,
I am not weird just very pink!
Until we read again.